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EU Charter of Fundamental Rights marks 10th anniversary

Viviane Reding © EU

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights has come of age: it was ten years ago – on 7 December 2000 – that the Charter was solemnly proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. One year ago, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty (on 1 December 2009) it became legally binding. EU Justice Commissioner Reding looks back in a speech today on how the Charter developed, what its importance is today and how it will guide future policy-making in the EU and Member States when they implement EU law. "My key objective is to render as effective as possible the rights enshrined in the Charter, for the benefit of all people living in the EU. The EU should be beyond reproach in upholding fundamental rights,” Vice-President Reding said.